National Association Of Manufacturers Proposes Compromise On Immigration – NPR

NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with Jay Timmons, president of the National Association of Manufacturers, about his organization’s proposal for immigration reform and his recent trip to the border.


The partisan stalemate on immigration has led to the longest government shutdown in history and a national emergency declaration over a border wall. Neither President Trump nor Democrats seem willing to budge from their positions, but let’s speak now with someone who thinks they can broker a compromise, Jay Timmons. He’s president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers. The lobbying group has drafted an immigration plan and sent it to Congress. And Timmons went to the border city of McAllen, Texas, to understand the situation up close. Welcome to the program.

JAY TIMMONS: Thank you. It’s great to be here.

CORNISH: Now, I understand you met with charities serving both asylum-seekers and the Border Patrol – wondering if you met someone there whose story stays with you.

TIMMONS: I met several, to be very honest. One that was very heart-wrenching was a woman with two small children. And she had come from Guatemala. And I had asked her, you know, what brought her to the United States. The gangs had killed a couple of – two of her brothers and then killed her husband and said that they were coming for the children. And so she just fled to escape that. And she said, I probably would have stayed except for my children. And I got thinking how horrible that decision would have been if she didn’t have children – to stay there and face that violence, the threat of death herself. But with her own children, it was apparently a pretty easy decision to leave and come north.

CORNISH: So with these stories in mind, how are you approaching the administration, right? You have a president who’s called for a national emergency, and your plan does advocate for a border wall.

TIMMONS: It advocates for all types of security, but it also focuses on how we treat those who are seeking asylum and also those who are here under refugee status as well as those who would like to come here and work permanently. It’s really a comprehensive plan because we feel it has to be comprehensive.

For one side to simply say, we want to focus on security and nothing else, another side to say, we only want to focus on bringing people here who have horrible situations, we don’t think that covers the entire problem. We really believe that everyone in this discussion has some very valid points that need to be addressed. And we hope that our plan allows the conversation to start.

CORNISH: Now, you’ve talked about your plan being comprehensive, and you do call for Congress to overhaul legal immigration as well. The U.S. already admits more than a million legal permanent residents a year. So are you arguing to broaden that or just a different mix of immigrants who are allowed in?

TIMMONS: You know, it’s a little bit of both. We believe that there is a need right now for those who would like to come here in an H-1B status or high-skilled status, if you will, to have a focus in our system on those individuals because we frankly don’t have enough people here in this country who can fill so many of those jobs.

CORNISH: Could it also be that manufacturing jobs are less attractive today than they once were, not that it’s a problem with the worker?

TIMMONS: Part of our problem – you’re exactly right – is that the perception of manufacturing jobs is not as positive as it should be. And a lot of people don’t understand that modern manufacturing is all about high-skilled, high-tech, very sleek, very clean jobs. So that is on us for sure, but we have 428,000 openings today, and there are of course 7 million openings in the general economy. So clearly we need – and the president has acknowledged that we need immigration to help us fill some of these jobs.

CORNISH: What are your hopes about what will make the difference, meaning, why would your organization or this particular plan make headway where others have failed?

TIMMONS: Well, you know what? I would say that there is broad interest in the success of manufacturing on a bipartisan basis from both Republicans and Democrats. And so we feel that we can come to the table with a solution to point out that this is not only good for manufacturing, but it’s good for the soul of America to get this problem behind us and to end this division and divisiveness.

We are proud to be able to sit down with elected leaders of all political stripes because we do have the credibility of the manufacturing workforce behind us. Twelve and a half – or 12.8, actually – million Americans work in manufacturing. So we walk in with those people and their families behind us with an idea for some real solutions.

CORNISH: Jay Timmons is president of the National Association of Manufacturers. Thank you for speaking with ALL THINGS CONSIDERED.

TIMMONS: Thank you. It’s great to be here.

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When Trump declared national emergency, most detained immigrants were not criminals – Washington Post

Before President Trump declared a national emergency on the U.S. southern border on Feb. 15, he cited concerns that the United States was being flooded with murderers, kidnappers and other violent offenders from foreign countries.

According to new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement figures obtained by The Washington Post, the nation’s immigration jails were not filled with such criminals. As of Feb. 9, days before the president’s declaration, nearly 63 percent of the detainees in ICE jails had not been convicted of any crime.

Of the 48,793 immigrants jailed on Feb. 9, the ICE data shows, 18,124 had criminal records. An additional 5,715 people had pending criminal charges, officials said, but they did not provide details. ICE also did not break down the severity of the crimes committed by or attributed to detainees.

An average of 59 percent of detainees in custody during this fiscal year had no criminal history, according to ICE.

“It proves this is a fake emergency,” said Kevin Appleby, policy director at the Center for Migration Studies, a New York-based nonpartisan immigration think tank. “It really shows that what the president’s doing is abusing his power based on false information.”

ICE acting director Ronald Vitiello and Deputy Director Matthew Albence declined to comment Friday and referred questions to the White House. Officials there did not respond to a request for comment.

During the budget debate earlier this month, Albence said all detainees have violated federal laws, “by coming here illegally, or coming here legally and overstaying their visas.”

He told reporters last week that the nation “cannot have a system whereby immigration enforcement is only effectuated against those individuals once they commit a subsequent crime to their initial immigration violation.”

During Trump’s Rose Garden announcement of the emergency declaration — a bid to use taxpayer money to build more than 230 miles of fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border — he alleged that there was an ongoing “invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people,” including gang members he called “monsters” and migrants who have killed U.S. citizens.

“It’s an invasion,” he said. “We have an invasion of drugs and criminals coming into our country that we stop, but it’s very hard to stop. With a wall, it would be very easy.”

Days earlier at a Cabinet meeting, as a budget deal over border security and immigration enforcement was falling into place, the president said U.S. officials were nabbing “incredible” numbers of criminals. Taking a card handed to him by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, he read from a list of crimes allegedly committed by immigrants: “Robberies: 11,177. Kidnappings: 4,112. Murders: 3,914.”

“So these are people that ICE is dealing with, and nobody can deal with them more effectively,” Trump said. “There’s probably no group in this country that does so much and gets, really, so little respect or love as ICE. It’s really a terrible thing. They’re doing an incredible job.”

House Democrats say they will vote Tuesday to terminate Trump’s emergency declaration, accusing the president of peddling a false narrative that immigrants pose a broad threat to public safety. Advocates have cited studies showing immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than the rest of the population.

The Democrats’ measure had more than 220 backers Friday, according to its sponsor, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.). But its fate is unclear in the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority. Some GOP members rapped ICE’s lack of “fiscal discipline” last year, saying the agency “continues to spend at an unsustainable rate.”

A House Democratic aide said Friday that staffers had asked the Trump administration for a breakdown of the criminals and non-criminals in immigration detention — which is a civil system for deportation proceedings only — and did not receive it before they voted on a budget deal that ended a month-long government shutdown. That budget increased the average daily number of detention beds from 40,500 to more than 45,000.

Because lawmakers did not have the information, the aide said, they included language accompanying the budget that requires ICE to report on the criminal breakdown of immigrants in their custody within 30 days. Such detailed breakdowns would show the public what percentage of immigrants held in ICE custody have criminal records.

ICE had said it was unable to provide the breakdown of the criminals in its custody to The Washington Post during the 35-day government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history, because it went beyond the duties allowed during the stalemate.

Immigration officials have said arresting and deporting criminals is their top priority, and thousands are taken into custody, put on airplanes and dispatched to foreign countries every year. In fiscal 2018, officials said the agency deported 256,000 people, more than half of whom had a criminal history.

Because immigration records are not public, it is impossible to independently verify ICE’s statistics.

ICE has also pointed out that Trump gave the agency wide latitude to arrest anyone in the United States illegally, whether or not they are criminals.

“Immigration law isn’t just about bouncing criminals out of the country,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies and a supporter of increased enforcement at the border. “If every illegal alien were Mother Teresa, they would be deportable.”

During the budget debate, ICE said that 72 percent of the detainees are subject to “mandatory detention,” including some who have criminal records and those who crossed the border illegally and are subject to a speedy deportation process.

When some Democrats tried to cap the number of detention beds, Albence warned on national television that thousands of serious criminals could be released into the United States.

But the American Civil Liberties Union said ICE is broadly interpreting who is subject to mandatory detention and has the flexibility to release more, especially those without criminal records.

“To the extent they’re saying they need massive increases in detention beds and new detention centers all over the country in order to keep dangerous criminal aliens from running amok in the streets, that’s not true. They’re lying,” said Michael Tan, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project in New York. “Their own data show that that’s not the people they’re locking up.”

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It’s about to get easier for legal immigrants in Miami to get their papers. Faster, too. – Miami Herald

Legal immigrants in South Florida will soon be able to get real-time answers about their applications without having to wait for an appointment.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is expanding a new program that promises to speed up the adjudication of immigration benefits.

The agency will announce in coming days that its Information Services Modernization Program (ISMP) will be deployed to its Miami district office to allow immigrants to check on the status of their cases and receive other important information by telephone.

Until now, immigrants with questions have had to schedule meetings with USCIS staffers using the InfoPass system, then print the appointment’s notification and arrive at their local field office with several documents.

The most frequent questions involve change of address, case status requests, non-delivery of notices and secure documents from USCIS, and typographical errors on immigration documents, according to the agency.

But as the agency has been digitizing its archives and modernizing its business processes with a string of self-service online tools, immigrants with pending applications now have more options to obtain information without the need for face-to-face appointments.

Read more: Here are some of the worst mistakes immigrants make applying for legal papers

The ISMP pilot, launched late last year in the USCIS district offices in Los Angeles and Detroit, focuses on telephone-based Contact Centers with employees who can answer individualized questions because they too have access to a trove of information online.

Starting March 18, immigrants with applications pending in the Miami district, which includes the Hialeah, Kendall and Oakland Park field offices, can call 800-375-5283. The Contact Centers provide service in English and Spanish.

USCIS Director Francis Cissna has said that the ISMP program is part of the agency’s efforts to make more of its services and information available online.

“It also frees up agency staff to spend more time adjudicating benefit requests which should help reduce case processing times,” he added. “USCIS remains committed to pursuing the most effective and efficient ways to administer our nation’s lawful immigration system.”

Read more: Here’s what it takes for an immigrant to get a green card — and not lose it

USCIS, which is a Department of Homeland Security component agency, has been harshly criticized by immigration rights activists and immigration attorneys who complain about the slow pace the application process for visas, work permits, green cards, citizenship and other benefits.

A study by the American Immigration Lawyers Association, based on government data from 2014 to 2018 and published last month, concluded that the USCIS case backlog reached “crisis levels” during the Trump administration.

The study reported that the average time for processing cases spiked by 46 percent over the past two fiscal years, and by 91 percent since fiscal year 2014.

“Throughout the nation, these delays are harming families, vulnerable populations, and U.S. businesses that depend on timely adjudications,” said the report by the association, which has a membership of more than 15,000 lawyers and law professors.

Read more: These policy changes will impact legal immigrants in the U.S. in 2019

USCIS spokesman Michael Bars said recently that “while many factors relating to an individual’s case can affect processing times, waits are often due to higher application rates rather than slow processing.”

The ISMP initiative will allow for an improved use of agency resources that will reduce processing times and lead to more efficient decisions on applications “by ensuring that officer resources are focusing primarily on conducting interviews and rendering decisions yet still being available to provide only critical in-person assistance,” Bars told el Nuevo Herald in a statement.

The agency’s own surveys concluded last year that the majority of people who scheduled interviews using the InfoPass system could have obtained the desired information through a Contact Center or its web page. USCIS receives an average of 50,000 calls daily.

The agency noted that applicants who call the Contact Centers and require in-person assistance will be helped to schedule an appointment.

Read more: It’s not so hard for an immigrant to become a U.S. citizen. Here’s what you have to do

Agency officials said that in the five districts where ISMP has been deployed, the average wait time for an appointment with USCIS staffers fell from 11 to five days.

USCIS recommendations

USCIS offers several other resources that allow immigrants to do the following:

Create secure personal accounts at and submit forms online.

Check the status of applications and petitions online

Find answers to the most common questions about immigration benefits in the “How Do I Guides.”

Consult “Emma”, the agency’s interactive virtual assistant.

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Quebec lawyers try to save immigrant applications amid crackdown – Reuters

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Lawyers in the Canadian province of Quebec on Friday asked a judge to halt the suspension of almost 20,000 applications by immigrants caught up in a crackdown by the new center-right government.

Draft legislation by the Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ) has triggered the suspension of 18,000 applications made under existing laws from immigrants seeking to live in the predominantly French-speaking province. The CAQ, which won power in October, has said that the reforms would improve newcomers’ integration into the workforce.

Lawyer group Association québécoise des avocats et avocates en droit de l’immigration asked Quebec Superior Court Justice Frederic Bachand to order the government to process existing newcomers’ applications as the bill is being debated.

“This situation is a catastrophe for us,” said Seeun Park, a nurse and plaintiff in the case who came to Quebec with her two children from South Korea in 2017.

“We already invested a lot of money and efforts end energy to work in Quebec,” she told reporters on Friday outside the courtroom in Montreal.

A spokesman for the province’s immigration minister declined to comment on Friday, saying the matter was before the court.

The CAQ campaigned on a pledge to cut immigration from 50,000 to 40,000 people a year and expel new residents who fail to pass tests on French and Quebec values within three years.

The policy could put Quebec on a collision course with the Liberals of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who are hoping to make gains in the province to offset expected losses elsewhere in a federal election this October.

Last year federal officials stressed that Ottawa had overall responsibility for immigration law in Canada.

Reporting by Allison Lampert in Montreal; Additional reporting by David Ljunggren in Ottawa; Editing by Richard Chang

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USCIS will open call center for immigration questions in Miami – Miami Herald

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La Guerra del Dictador Hugo Chavez: Contra Comunicadores Sociales y Medios en el 2006

La Guerra de Chavez 2006

La Guerra Asimétrica del Dictador Hugo Chávez: Contra Comunicadores Sociales y Medios en el 2006

Eladio Rodulfo Gonzalez, Periodista Venezolano, publica una Investigación contentiva de varios tomos, donde recopila las Agresiones, Violaciones de Derechos Humanos y Asesinato de Comunicadores Sociales en el Ejercicio de su Profesión, por parte de los Gobiernos Dictatoriales de Hugo Chávez y Nicolás Maduro, aqui comparto el Tercer Tomo: Año 2006


Ese año, según los registros de Espacio Público hubo 151 violaciones a la libertad de expresión, cifra superior en 4,9% a las de 2006.Venezuela fue colocada en la zona marrón en materia de violación de la libertad de expresiónSe acentuaron las agresiones contra los medios y los comunicadores sociales.Hasta el cansancio el dictador repitió que su gobierno no renovaría la concesión a Radio Caracas Televisión, a pesar de que ésta no fenecía en 2007.Fueron constantes las amenazas de muerte contra periodistas por informar sobre hechos de corrupción.La Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa y otras organizaciones internacionales mostraron su preocupación por las violaciones de la libertad de expresión de parte de factores gubernamentales.Un tribunal prohibió a los medios publicar información sobre el Caso Anderson.Ese año el gobernador del Estado Bolívar le declaró la guerra a Correo del Caroní, de Ciudad Guayana, por informar sobre hechos de corrupción debidamente probados por los tribunales, pero que su régimen quería invisibilizar. Inclusive amenazó con demoler el edificio del diario, aunque éste disponía de los respectivos documentos de propiedad.

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Workers sue US immigration authorities over Tennessee raid – WREG NewsChannel 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Seven Latino workers are suing federal immigration authorities over a raid at an eastern Tennessee meatpacking plant that ended in the arrests of about 100 people.

The National Immigration Law Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Sherrard, Roe, Voigt & Harbison law firm filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Knoxville.

The class action lawsuit claims the Southeastern Provision workers’ 4th and 5th Amendment constitutional rights were violated in April when armed officers raided the Bean Station plant, using racial slurs, shoving guns in their faces and punching one worker in the face. Workers at first feared there was a terrorist attack or active shooter at the plant, as two helicopters flew overhead, officers had blocked the road and some stood behind large machine guns, the lawsuit says.

It also alleges that officers didn’t know workers’ identities or immigration statuses, only that many were Hispanic. Only 11 of about 100 workers were charged with crimes, and they were nonviolent ones, the lawsuit says.

White workers at the plant, meanwhile, were not accosted, detained, searched or arrested, and many stood outside smoking during the raid, the lawsuit says.

Martha Pulido, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, said she was handcuffed and had a gun pointed at her, was taken to a nearby armory, had her personal items confiscated, was fingerprinted and then was detained for about 14 hours.

“Why so many guns and such excess violence?” Pulido said through an interpreter during a conference Thursday. “The only thing we were doing was earning a living for our family.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said the operation was a federal criminal investigation that also spurred immigration arrests. He declined to comment on the lawsuit specifically, but said “the absence of comment should in no way be construed that ICE thinks a suit has any merit.”

Cox said the agency’s investigations are “equally focused in its worksite enforcement efforts on foreign nationals who unlawfully seek employment as well as the employers who knowingly hire them.”

James Brantley, the plant’s owner, pleaded guilty in September to federal charges of employing unauthorized immigrants, tax evasion and wire fraud.

Court records show Brantley dodged nearly $1.3 million in federal payroll taxes over the past decade. A plea agreement shows Brantley withdrew cash to pay some workers.

During the April raid, officers were helping to execute an Internal Revenue Service search warrant for financial documents related to Brantley, but, according to the lawsuit, had a far more extensive goal than what the search warrant authorized.

“They planned to detain and arrest every worker in the plant who was or appeared to be Latino,” the lawsuit states.

National Immigration Law Center staff attorney Melissa Keaney said her team doesn’t believe the immigration status of the plaintiffs is relevant to the lawsuit and won’t be discussing that. The lawsuit mentions that one plaintiff is “legally authorized to live and work in the United States,” but doesn’t include the same level of detail on others.

Almost 600 children did not go to school in the area the day after the raid, the lawsuit says. Additionally, a state inspection days after the raid resulted in more than $41,000 in fines over the plant’s working conditions.

Of the workers detained during the raid, 40 have been released on bond, 12 have voluntarily left the U.S., six were deported and five remain in custody, according to Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition.

At the time, it was the largest immigration workplace raid in nearly a decade, Keaney said. Months later, about 150 workers were arrested by federal agents in June at a Fresh Mark meatpacking plant in Ohio.

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